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Definition of wistful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

wistful

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈwɪstfl//
 
 
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thinking sadly about something that you would like to have, especially something in the past that you can no longer have a wistful smile
NAmE//ˈwɪstfəli//
 
adverb She sighed wistfully. “If only I had known you then,” he said wistfully.
wistfulness
 
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noun [uncountable]
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